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Rechargeable Zippo LED flashlight

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Long time reader, first time poster. I'm a software engineer but a noob at hobby electronics, so bear with me if I make mistakes :) I'm learning as I go. 

I saw a couple different projects here that I found interesting:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Supercapacitor-USB-Light/

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Zippo-Flashlight/

I thought both were really cool but I thought it might be cool to combine them. I wanted a zippo LED flashlight that could be recharged quickly using a widely available and convenient power source: USB. Since most cell phones use micro USB cords for power I figured that would be a good source for my project as well.

 
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Step 1: Get parts ready

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For parts, I used:

-Zippo lighter
-three 0.1 Farad supercapacitors (found on Amazon)
-one 10 ohm resistor
-one 1K ohm resistor
-one temporary pushbutton switch (from Radio Shack)
-one standard LED (of whichever color you prefer)
-one microUSB breakout board from Sparkfun 

Tools:
-Needlenose pliars
-Cordless drill with various bit sizes
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Soldering iron and solder
-22 gauge wire
Greenman22 months ago
Cool!
beju0506 (author)  Greenman22 months ago

Thanks! :)

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